Professionals Council

The UDP Professionals Council (PC) is a volunteer group of planners in the greater Seattle region who mentor UDP students, primarily in the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program. Each first-year MUP student is paired with a PC member, based on common interests. The PC mentor can help students network, identify an internship, provide career advice, and much more. In addition to individual mentoring, the PC holds events for students throughout the school year, including studio tours, speaking panels featuring prominent planners, social events, and a thesis celebration at the end of the academic year. The PC helps with the transition from student to practitioner. The proof of their effectiveness is in the results: in a recent survey, ~90% of our alumni respondents reported securing a planning-related job within one year of graduation. The Professionals Council is a unique resource among planning programs, and is recognized by the Planning Accreditation Board as a model for the nation. Please read below to learn more about our Professionals Council members.

The Professionals Council has created a fund to recruit MUP students with diverse backgrounds called the Urban Design and Planning Professional Council’s Equity Fund.



2018-2019 UDP Professionals Council

Please view the 2018-2019 Professionals Council Roster to see expanded profiles of the UDP Professionals Council members.


Obinna Amobi

Mercy Housing Northwest
Real Estate/Housing

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David Blum

President, Montgomery Gulf Corp
Affordable housing development and economic development

Shelley Bolser

City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI)
Urban design and current planning

Steve Butler

MRSC (Municipal Research & Services Center)
 Comprehensive and subarea planning, implementation techniques (both regulatory and non-regulatory), urban design, and public engagement

Richard Conlin

Conlin Columbia
Affordable Housing; Sustainable Development; Food Policy; Resilience/Emergency Management; Community/Neighborhood Planning; Local Government; Policy Development/Implementation

Marty Curry

UW affiliate faculty, and Curry Consulting
Community  Planning, Civic engagement; Infrastructure planning for sustainability and resiliency


Nicole Faghin

Washington Sea Grant
Shoreline and Coastal Management


Ted Gage

Eldred & Associates
Land Use Planning, Site Location Services, Permitting, Interagency Coordination

Brandon Gonzalez

Alta Planning + Design
Long-range urban planning (e.g., comprehensive and small area planning), placemaking, and active transportation

Amy Gore

Seattle City Council
Public policy,land use, economic development

Lisa Grueter

BERK Consulting, Inc.
Comprehensive Planning, Environmental Planning, Capital & System Planning

Nancy Eklund

The Boeing Company (Land Use Planner for Central Puget Sound)
governments’ projects and planning documents, and real estate items (easements, use agreements, etc.); (past) Comprehensive planning, health and the built environment

Steve Hamai

Seattle Public Utilities
Comprehensive Utility Planning, Resiliency, Affordability, Community Engagement, Service Equity

Ben Han

King County Metro
Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Community Development

Jae Hill

City of Redmond


Sandy Howard

City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development
Development Review, Land use, Green Building and Sustainable Communities, Emergency Preparedness, New Urbanism

Philip Harris

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – Regional Transit Coordination Division
Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to high capacity transit, station area planning, transit oriented development, urban design

Paul Inghram

Puget Sound Regional Council
Regional planning

Arun Jain

Decision support tools, methods and means to cope with complexity, uncertainty and urgency

Mike Katterman

City of Bellevue
Long range planning and implementation, growth management, regional policy


Lyn Keenan

Land Use, Infrastructure, Environmental (SEPA/NEPA), Energy, Climate Change


Rick Krochalis

Federal Transit Administration (FTA), US DOT
Environmental Planning; Transit Systems Development; Capital Project Management; Planning Agency Leadership


Al Levine

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Urban Design and Planning; Formerly, Deputy Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority (1998-2013)
Affordable housing, mixed income communities, Transit Oriented Development

Patrick Lynch

Transpo Group
Multimodal and Non-Motorized Transportation, Connectivity


Ikuno Masterson

UW Green Futures Lab Regional Open Space  Strategy
Environmental, Land Use, Sustainability Planning & Policy

Melanie Mayock

Associate Planner/Policy Analyst, BERK Consulting
Land use and transportation, community engagement, communications, public policy analysis

Cynthia McCoy

Risk Analyst – FEMA Region X
Urban Design, GIS, harazd mapping and impact assessment, community engagement


Rachel Miller

Senior Associate –  Planner/Urban Designer, MAKERS architecture and urban design LLP
Urban Design

Ellen R. Miller-Wolfe

City of Kirkland
Economic Development, Tourism, Cultural Affairs


Michelle Morlan

Principal/Founder Lotus Development Partners LLC
Community and Economic Development; Affordable Housing

Ike Nwankwo

WA Department of Commerce
Growth Management Planning

Kevin O’Neil

Seattle Department of Transportation
Transportation Planning and policy, growth management, planning management

John Owen

MAKERS architecture and urban design
Urban design, community and regional planning, shoreline management

Stephen Padua

Transportation Planner, City of Kirkland
Active and Equitable Transportation, Transportation Demand Management, and Trails Planning

 Jack Peters

Director/Community Planning & Development, HUD – WA Office
Community Development, Housing and Environmental Planning 


Mandi Roberts

Principal with Otak, Inc.
Urban Planning and Design—smart growth solutions, station area and subarea plans, corridor and streetscape planning, design guidelines and standards, public space planning/urban design

Gwen Rousseau

City of Bellevue
Demographics, Land Use, GIS Open Data

Katie Sheehy

Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development
Equitable Development, Race and Social Justic

Janet Shull

City of Seattle
Urban design, community planning, sustainability, economic development and master planninge

Talia Tittelfitz

BHC Consultants, LLC
Comprehensive Plans, Sub Area Plans, Current Planning, Population Forecast

Lisa Verner

King County
Working with developers and local governments


Roger Wagoner

Part Time at BHC Consultants, LLC
Comprehensive Plans, Economic Development, Implementation

Julie West

Public Health – Seattle & King County
Healthy community planning; integrating health and equity into local and regional planning projects and policies


Karen Wolf

King County, Sr. Policy Analyst
Regional and long-range planning; annexations

Boling (Bo) Zhang

City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development
Socially responsive development